Al Harrah has responsibility for supplier adoption activities in the newly formed e-commerce organization within General Motors, the GM TradeXchange. Specifically, he has responsibility for suppliers falling under the chemical commodity on a global basis. He also has regional responsibility for the GM Europe TradeXchange activities, as well as shared responsibility for the indirect and machinery and equipment initiatives.
GM TradeXchange, in conjunction with GMSupplyPower, will provide the Internet link for communication and business transactions between GM and its global supply chain.
Harrah joined General Motors in 1987 as a cooperative student. Since then, he has worked in various functional areas with increasing levels of responsibility including: purchasing, supplier quality, engineering, manufacturing, and logistics. While in purchasing, he had procurement responsibilities for glass and various interior plastic commodities for 10 car assembly plants.
In his most recent assignment, he managed the labor relations issues associated with North America sourcing initiatives, and he was instrumental in supporting the 1999 national contract negotiations between GM and the United Auto Workers union.
He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from GMI in 1992 with a focus on plastics engineering. He obtained his MBA from Oakland University in 1996 with a focus on operations management. He also received a GM Fellowship in 1996 and attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his master of science degree in manufacturing engineering.